[vlc-devel] Bluray path not correct?

Tony Anecito adanecito at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 12 16:46:08 CET 2012

Hi All,
The VLC dev filters would not allow me to send the attached image of the Norton Dailog box showing the libaccs.dll as untrusted.
Also, I suspect if the dll is part of the vlc install Norton Antivirus might allow it to be installed. I only say the because I think VLC.exe as a application is trusted by Norton and I think any dll that is installed might be trusted. The dialog mentioned something about Norton has not seen that dll very often I think it said twice I am not sure if that means all over the world where Norton Antivirus 2012 was installed. 
Anyway I am done for now on this issue.

--- On Sun, 3/11/12, Tony Anecito <adanecito at yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Tony Anecito <adanecito at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [vlc-devel] Bluray path not correct?
To: "Mailing list for VLC media player developers" <vlc-devel at videolan.org>
Date: Sunday, March 11, 2012, 6:13 PM

Hi Remi,
Thanks for the prompt reply. You are right Norton is doing something new with the 2012 release where it is not your typical dialog box where it tells you something and allows you to decide to allow the dll to stay in place. The explanation I found is there is a new method of determining a virus or threat that looks like it is based on something the community has determined is a threat. That new method took me by surprise and thier response of not allowing you to determine to keep it also.
I used the Norton utility to check individual files and pointed it to the libaacs.dll. I have included the screenshots. The info indicates the file is not trusted but a user can overide. Also, I think the trust level rating might be new because it also mentions few users in the Norton community have used it which maybe is the issue overall. This Norton Insight is new to me. I did decide to set Norton Antivirus to trust it and maybe that will help if that decision goes back to this Norton Community. I also will send a question regarding this situation to Norton and let you know what I hear back.
I attached the screenshot of the indivisual file check.
Best Regards,

--- On Sun, 3/11/12, Rémi Denis-Courmont <remi at remlab.net> wrote:

From: Rémi Denis-Courmont <remi at remlab.net>
Subject: Re: [vlc-devel] Bluray path not correct?
To: vlc-devel at videolan.org
Date: Sunday, March 11, 2012, 12:56 AM

Le dimanche 11 mars 2012 09:31:43 Konstantin Pavlov, vous avez écrit :
> On Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 11:09:09PM -0800, Tony Anecito wrote:
> > Thanks Naohiro I tried an earlier version like you mentioned and the path
> > is still incorrect. 
> > I found out something a lot more interesting and VLC team needs to know
> > about it.
> > 
> > Seems Norton Antivirus 2012 is treating the required libaacs.dll as a
> > virus and removes it from the disk when it spots it being used by a
> > program. This is quite serious and any user of VLC where that virus
> > protection is used will find the dll is removed. I know VLC does not
> > install it and you have to do it by hand but I figure VLC users will get
> > unhappy this is happening.
> You need to report it to the makers of your anti-virus software. It should
> not behave that way.

Well... I doubt that Tony would get an answer from Symantec. VideoLAN is more 
likely to get an answer. But even that errs on the optimistic side. If that 
does not work, then the problem could be made more public. But care should be 
taken for VideoLAN not to be classified as staunch supporters of piracy, I 
think. Interoperability is a more valid explanation on Linux than on Windows.

Did antivirii change their mode of user interfaction since I last used them? 
In my experience, antivirus software shows a big modal dialog whenever it 
catches caught something, much like a cat brings dead rodents and agonizing 
birds to his/her owner. In that respect, silent removal seems peculiar to me. 
For all I know, Symantec might do this on purpose, in cooperation with some 
Association of America and/or some branch of the USA government.

Anyway, thanks Tony for investigating it and bringing it up to our attention.

Rémi Denis-Courmont
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